Wednesday's Heat Links: Dion Waiters believes Miami is the best fit

Amar'e Stoudemire retires from NBA after single season with Heat: Free-agent center Amar'e Stoudemire announced his retirement Tuesday, after signing a ceremonial final contract with the New York Knicks, becoming the fifth member to depart from last season's Miami Heat roster. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Dion Waiters, Pat Riley say Heat agreement about more than money: Dion Waiters and Miami Heat President Pat Riley said Tuesday that the agreement with the free-agent guard transcended the financial portion of the transaction, the two-year, $6 million contract that includes a player option for the second season. Waiters previously had bypassed the Oklahoma City Thunder's since-rescinded $6.8 million qualifying offer for 2016-17 and took a pay cut from last season's $5.1 million salary at a time when several teams have in excess of $10 million remaining in salary-cap space. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Heat's bursting backcourt could redefine roles, push Richardson forward: Josh Richardson didn't hesitate when it came to summing up the Miami Heat's first month of NBA free agency. "It's been interesting," last season's rookie revelation said. Particularly for the 2015 second-round pick out of Tennessee, with the Heat's player movement putting Richardson on the move on the Heat's depth chart. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Heat's offseason reshuffling will create complex challenges for Erik Spoelstra: It’s the season for long-term commitments, and Erik Spoelstra and Nick Arison each made life-altering ones on Saturday, in Miami and Santa Barbara, California, respectively, each marrying his long-time sweetheart. Yet their shared NBA team, the one that Spoelstra coaches and Arison manages along with Micky Arison, Pat Riley and Andy Elisburg from the front office, has taken a short-term turn of late — at least in terms of pledges made to players on the Miami Heat roster. -- The Miami Herald

Amar’e Stoudemire retires with Knicks after spending his last season with Heat: Former Heat center Amar’e Stoudemire announced his retirement on Tuesday and did so after signing an honorary one-day contract with the New York Knicks. “I want to thank [Knicks owner James] Dolan, [team president] Phil [Jackson] and [general manager] Steve [Mills], for signing me so that I can officially retire as a New York Knick,” Stoudemire, 33, said in a statement released by the Knicks. -- The Miami Herald

Scout assesses Dion Waiters: A veteran scout, on what the Heat is getting in guard Dion Waiters: “The reigning perception is he's a knucklehead, but I have heard otherwise from one of Oklahoma City’s scouts who said he wasn’t. He's a streak shooter, can get to the basket, can get his own shot. He is not bad defensively. He can get into guys. I’ve always liked his passing. He can make plays. He's got a pretty good feel. -- The Miami Herald

Amar’e Stoudemire announces NBA retirement after one season with Heat: Amar’e Stoudemire’s last NBA season was spent with the Heat. The 33-year-old Stoudemire announced his retirement from the NBA on Tuesday. Stoudemire signed a ceremonial contract with the Knicks to retire with the franchise he spent four-plus seasons with. -- The Palm Beach Post

Dion Waiters’ decision to sign with Miami Heat about ‘opportunity’, not money: It came down to more than just money for Dion Waiters. That much is obvious, as the free agent guard signed with the Heat for the $2.9 million room exception. He reportedly signed a two-year, $6 million contract that includes a player option for the second season to play for Miami despite getting better monetary offers from other teams as a skilled 24-year-old scorer. The Heat made the signing official Tuesday afternoon. -- The Palm Beach Post